How to Wash a Quilt the Right Way

A quilt is a great alternative to a comforter because it's heavy enough to provide you with all-night warmth, thin enough to store neatly, and colorful enough to add a splash of style to your bedroom. It is important to remember that owning a quilt comes with a great deal of responsibility as well. Find out how to take care of your quilt, how to wash it, and how to clean it properly.

How to Wash a Quilt

I'm sure that if you own a quilt but have not washed it yet, you've come to the right place. The best way to preserve the quality of a quilt is to research beforehand exactly how it should be washed in order to provide it with the maximum life. If the quilt is handmade, antique, or just generally delicate (and you are not 100% certain that it should be machine-washed), we recommend you to clean it by hand (see the tips in the last section of this article if you are not certain that it should be machine-washed). It is suggested that you machine wash your quilt if the tag on it recommends that you do so:

No matter if the quilt is a Twin-size or a small quilt, you should wash it on its own. If you have an oversize quilt, make sure that your washer is big enough to accommodate it (and that the quilt is not packed in tightly).

Make sure that you use the gentle cycle when washing your clothes. To wash your quilt, you should use the gentle cycle on your washing machine. In order to ensure that any residue is completely removed before throwing it in the dryer, you should monitor the rinse cycle and repeat if needed.

Be careful not to use bleach when cleaning. Check the ingredients of your detergent or laundry treatment to make sure it doesn't contain bleach, as bleach is a harsh agent that can damage the colors in your laundry. In order to make the laundry cycle gentler, we recommend using a laundry detergent that is free of fragrances and brighteners.

Make sure the quilt is dried on a low heat in order to protect the fabric and preserve the shape of the quilt.

How to Clean Quilts

There are times when a quilt can be considered to be "dirty" without the need to throw it into the washing machine. If there are just a few small stains on the quilt (and the rest of the quilt is clean), or if the quilt is still fresh but just needs a little boost to look its best, then this is the method to use. The following steps should be followed when spot cleaning a quilt:

Apply a dab of vinegar to the affected area. You can often get the quilt looking fresh and clean once again simply by swiping it up and down a few times.

Lint rollers can be used to remove lint from clothes. You can dab a corner of a washcloth into a solution of equal parts water and distilled white vinegar, and gently dab the stain with the washcloth (without rubbing it in) if it is a small stain. Among the many benefits of vinegar is its ability to be a powerful all-natural agent in helping to lift up a variety of stains, but as with any home remedy, it's always a good idea to test a small portion before applying it to your quilt to make sure it won't damage the fabric.

In addition to vacuuming, you can also use a smooth material such as cotton that will not snag easily if the quilt is made from that material. When it comes to removing stubborn dust and particles, you can use a handheld vacuum or a vacuum with an attachment brush to remove them.

How to Freshen Up a Quilt

The DIY fabric refresher is the perfect way to keep your quilt feeling and looking fresh in between washes. Add a few drops of a high-grade essential oil or essential oil blend into the spray bottle, and then mix equal parts of distilled water and rubbing alcohol. The smell of lemon, lavender and tea tree is often associated with fresh-smelling linens. Mist lightly once every few months or whenever you feel that your quilt needs to be refreshed. In addition to using this spray on linens, you can also use it on other types of linens, such as pillow shams, bed sheets, etc. When using a homemade freshener, always remember to keep it simple. In most cases, one to two drops of essential oil are usually sufficient, since essential oils are concentrated and are usually applied lightly, rather than sprayed. Putting a bed sheet under the quilt, if you like to sleep with the blanket over you, will help to keep the blanket clean and fresh between washings; this will help to ensure the quilt stays as clean as possible between washes.

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